2/13/2014 12:07:00 PM UP receives $4 million to promote moral development
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Faculty and students who received fellowships pose with Amy Dundon-Berchtold, Jim Berchtold and UP President-elect Fr. Mark Poorman.
The University of Portland has received $4 million to create an endowment sustaining a project for moral development and applied ethics. Amy Dundon-Berchtold, a member of UP's board of regents, and husband Jim Berchtold, a 1963 graduate, made the gift, which is linked to an initiative the family began two years ago.
The initiative includes The Character Project, which offers a venue for students to engage in guided discussions as to how personal value systems and beliefs can influence moral character.
The donation will have a significant and lasting impact on the university, says Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman, the president elect who helped establish the fund.
The first programs included Dundon-Berchtold Scholarships and Fellowships that provided funding for students and faculty to conduct ethics-related projects within their fields of study. The latest gift is designed to make the program lasting.
“We envision this as being a wonderful anchor for University of Portland, making UP a leader of other universities," Amy says. "It will offer an inclusive environment for students from all disciplines seeking to engage in guided discussions as to how personal value systems and beliefs can influence one’s character.”